South Dakota 4-H Camps and Conference Back »

South Dakota 4-H hosts camps and conferences to provide youth with positive educational experiences. A variety of options are available throughout the year. Visit this page often for updated information and registration materials.

For more information, contact your local SDSU Extension 4-H office or the South Dakota State 4-H Office.

Teen Leadership Conference (TLC)

TLC is a fun-filled week learning skills and traits that will stretch your leadership and teamwork abilities by working with teens from across South Dakota, while having a blast running around SDSU’s campus. Youth ages 13 – 18, 4-Her’s and non-4-H members are allowed to attend. Youth have the opportunity to make new friends and learn leadership skills to take back to your club and communities.

Camp Poinsett

Come and explore 4-H while being outdoors by attending Lake Poinsett 4-H Camp! The camping facility is housed at Lake Poinsett Camp, which is located on South Lake Drive, two miles east of Highway 81. The camp is open for children ages 8 to 12 years old and provides an opportunity to make new friends, understand and appreciate nature, have fun and build leadership skills that can be used for a lifetime in a safe environment. Programing throughout camp is designed to focus on the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development programming priorities: ag-vocacy, healthy relationships, leadership, and science. Three sessions of camp are offered, please refer below for which counties are assigned which session. For all sessions check in begins at 2:00 pm of the first day and check out is at 10:00 pm of the last day of the session.

  • Session 1 June 5-7: McCook, Beadle, Deuel, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Minnehaha, Lincoln, Charles Mix, Bon Homme, and Douglas
  • Session 2 June 7-9: Brookings, Codington, Hanson, Davison, Roberts, and Miner
  • Session 3 June 12-14: Lake, Moody, Hutchinson, Turner, Clay, Union, Yankton, Jerauld, Sanborn, Buffalo, and Aurora

Camp Bob Marshall

Camp Bob Marshall, located in the beautiful Black Hills, just inside of Custer State Park, truly has something for everyone! Youth camp sessions offered throughout the month of June annually offer a wide variety of excitement and outdoor recreational opportunities. Youth ages 8-12 are welcome to stay in cabins (11 kids per cabin + supervision) for 3 days in this unique & beautiful outdoor setting. Camp is located on Bismark Lake, which is full of smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, perch, and catfish. Canoeing, Life-Guarded swimming, hiking / nature trails, as well as a multitude of organized, theme-based crafts, games, and activities are also part of this awesome experience! Trained, professional staff & background-checked adult volunteers, in addition to a camp medic, are on site at all times to ensure the safest, most unforgettable camp experience.

Performing Arts

The South Dakota Performing Arts Troupe is a theater arts education experience for youth ages 13 to 18, as of January 1 during the current 4-H program year. The weeklong camp is located at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. The camp prepares youth to perform during the week at summer venues and at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, SD. Performing Arts Troupe Preparation Camp concludes with two shows open to the public, one on Friday evening and the other on Saturday morning.

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